104 protesters freed on bail

Source: 104 protesters freed on bail | The Herald  July 9, 2016

Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
A Harare magistrate yesterday released people from Epworth and Mabvuku in Harare linked to Monday’s public violence against police roadblocks on $100 bail each while four who are juveniles were released into the custody of their guardians on free bail.

Harare Provincial magistrate Mr Vakayi Chikwekwe said the State’s fears could be allayed by stringent bail conditions.

As part of their bail conditions, the gang was ordered to report once a week to CID Law and Order Section, not to interfere with witnesses and to continue residing at the addresses they provided to the police.

Mr Chikwekwe said bail was a fundamental right as enshrined in the new Constitution, which should be granted to a suspect.

“I am not convinced that they are likely to abscond because the State failed to prove that they are a flight risk. Nothing was shown by the State that they have contacts outside the country. An accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty hence the right to liberty should not be interfered with,” he said.

“The witnesses are likely to be police officers, it is therefore difficult to imagine the accused persons interfering with the police.”

Mr Chikwekwe said the seriousness of an offence on its own was not sufficient to deny an accused person bail, adding that even in murder and treason cases, suspects are granted bail.

The suspects were represented by a group of lawyers led by Mr Trust Maanda and Mr Obey Shava while Mr Oscar Madhume and Mrs Molyn Mutamangira-Mavhondo appeared for the State.

Shaun Bako and 50 others from Ruwa are facing public violence charges after allegedly destroying property worth $500. Mrs Mavhondo alleged that on July 4, police received a tip-off that protesters from the Greater Harare Association for Commuter Omnibus Operators were demonstrating in Ruwa.

Police proceeded to the scene and saw the accused ferrying huge boulders using three vehicles. They were allegedly barricading the Harare-Mutare Highway using huge stones and carrying placards written: “Usapinde mukombi kusvikira mapurisa abva muroad” and “Hatineti kusvikira President abva”.

The police identified the accused who were stoning motorists and stopping commuter omnibuses before harassing passengers. The mob allegedly stoned the police and damaged their vehicle.

It is also alleged that Tichaona Chikonya and 53 others from Epworth barricaded Chiremba Road at Chans shops. They also attacked the police and damaged property worth $1 000.


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    Piankhi 6 years ago

    Wow, 100 people across the country with a population of 13 Million. One would think in the international media that Zimbabwe was going down in flames. What about the U.S. this past week. 5 police killed and 11 shots for the continuing murders of African American men by police across the U.S. But you here not outrage about that in the international media. I wonder why. Because when black lives do not matter worldwide to the White West establishment. They write only about what they want to rest of the world to see, when there is something they want. Well keep writing about Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe will keep moving forward. It may be tough,. But anything worst your blood and life to keep will always be tough when your have parasites trying to infect you.